Saturday, 20 May 2017

"Disappointment"





Disappointment comes from trusting or having expectation in a person, a situation or a thing. The good news is, that when we put our trust and our expectation in God, He will never disappoint us. In German disappointment is translated to "Enttaeschung" which basically means to remove deception. In that sense disappointment is actually a good thing because it unmasks any deception about a person, a situation or a thing.


"just as it is written, "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." (Romans 9:33 NASB)

Friday, 19 May 2017

"Theft"


People can try and steal your ideas, your inventions, your products, your money, even your identity, but they cannot steal your soul or your spirit, they can only admire it.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16 NKJV).

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Straightforward Christianity


Jesus did not 'hangout' with volunteers. He taught men and women how to become disciples.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19 and 20 NKJV).

Friday, 28 April 2017

"Maturity"

A sign of maturity is that we have a deep thankfulness and a love for others and for ourselves.

"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 NKJV).

Friday, 14 April 2017

"No Memory"

"For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more" (Hebrews 8:12 NKJV).

Sometimes it is good to have no memory :-) I had a somewhat challenging client on the phone one day. After a busy day with many encounters this client calls for the 4th time and would you believe it, I did not remember her at all (I have to say that I usually have a good memory). My co-worker had to bring back my memory about her and I just had to laugh at myself. It was like my memory had been wiped out and I got to experience how good it is when you have no record of negative emotions,  encounters or people. It's like you can start afresh with somebody or something.

Jesus already told us in Matthew 10:16 that "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves".

It is my prayer today Lord that you would help us to be forgetful people when it comes to negative encounters. Lord would you please wipe out any memory so that we can be sincere people not holding anything against anyone.

For the sake of the Kingdom of God,
-Suzanne Tanner.

Consider Colossians 3:12-17 
"Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him".

Sunday, 9 April 2017

"Just Do It"

"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8 NKJV).

I think we often don't realize, how much we exclude God from our workplace. One of my co-workers had a really bad migraine one morning. It was so bad that she had to wear sunglasses. As I passed by her, I was moved by compassion and I right away laid hands on her shoulder and prayed "In Jesus name, be healed". I questioned myself if I should have done that or not. Questions like "Should I pray at my work place or not, what if that was uncomfortable for my co-worker". On top of that I had a pretty difficult and challenging morning at work and was struggling emotionally. Later that morning I received a text message from my co-worker that said: "Hey1 I just wanted to say thank you for the healing prayer this morning... I appreciate you! Feeling a lot better :-)".

Not only did these words of encouragement ease the doubts of should I have prayed or not, it also made me so happy that she was feeling better and that the prayer of faith had been effective. 

I came to the conclusion that we need to just do what is in our heart and in our spirit and let the Lord be concerned about the rest. Ultimately we are servants of the Lord called to do the work of the ministry. As we step out and let the Lord perform unusual things through us we begin to be the salt of the earth and light of the world.

Have a wonderful day!
-Suzanne Tanner.

Monday, 3 April 2017

"Let Me Save You"

I was on my way out to church when the Lord spoke very distinctly and very unexpectedly to my heart. As I was boarding the truck He said "Stop saving yourself! I am well able to save you."

Now everything made sense. Worrying, feeling often downcast, thoughts of what will the future hold, having regrets of missed opportunities and failed situations and so on. When the Lord told me to stop saving myself, it was like a command and the responsibility of all the weight shifted from my shoulders on to His. Now everything made sense. "Of course I cannot carry all the weight", I was thinking. "I am a sinner saved by grace". Now my eyes were opened to the truth and the importance of following His instructions. Oh how much I love the voice of the Lord. He instantly set me free with those words.

Ultimately it was pride that was preventing me from bowing down to the Lord and letting Him live His life through me. I am so glad I heard His voice that day and obeyed.

Let the Healer heal you. Let the deliverer deliver you. Let the Savior save you. Let Jesus set you free today so that you can be the person He called you to be!

For the sake of the Kingdom of God,
-Suzanne Tanner

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 20-30 NKJV).