Sunday, 24 August 2014

"Unbelievable and Yet True"

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear” (Revelation 19: 7 & 8 NIV). 



We had been looking very much forward to witness the wedding day of our friends and now the day had arrived. Already when we entered the sanctuary we felt that something special was going to happen. And so there he stood, the groom dressed in a fine tuxedo and waiting to receive his bride. 

Then a white fine fabric was laid to make a way for the bride to walk down the aisle with her father and with much expectation in the air she finally appeared in all her beauty. Everybody rose from their seats showing her respect, honor and adoration and all eyes were now drawn on her.


At that moment the Lord took me to the wedding of the Lamb and I had to think about Him and His bride, “No that’s wrong, that is so unbelievable. Here is the groom and everybody should be looking to Him. He is the Anointed One, He is the Lamb, He is the King of Kings and the King of Glory, He is the Redeemer, the One we need to look to, but all eyes are on the bride that had been washed by the blood of the Groom.” Right then I felt the Lord’s great happiness and deep love for us. It was inexpressible, unbelievable and yet true. I felt He had waited so long for her and now finally she was indeed ready to be given to Him by His Father, a bride made suitable for Him, a bride without spots and wrinkles.

The Bride of Christ are those that have overcome, that were willing to do His will; they pressed through and endured a lot because they loved Him more than their own life. I believe it is time for the Bride of Christ to get ready for her Groom, because He is coming back very soon to receive her. 

It is time for the Bride of Christ to realize that she will not be a spectator at the wedding of the Lamb. She will be His bride, the one and only that has been chosen by Him and prepared for Him. What great honor, what great grace, what great plan, what a great love story! Would you like to walk down the aisle at the wedding of the Lamb? Then now is the time to make yourself available and allow Him to make you suitable for Him.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 18 August 2014

"No Such Thing As Coincidence"

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 11:26 NKJV).


I asked my best friend what her daughter wanted for her birthday. She said “pink goggles”. I right away thought “Oh no, please Lord, not pink goggles. I won’t find these in my hometown where the selection is so limited but I absolutely want to meet her desire.”

So I went to our local department store walking around in despair trying to find these types of goggles. Finally, just before giving up and planning on buying an alternative gift, I called on a sales associate and asked him “Do you by any change carry pink goggles?” You won’t believe it. He took me right to the brightest pink goggles. To top it off, they were priced at 50% discount and I was able to pay for them with a gift certificate that was given to us. Seems to me that quite a few people played a role in fulfilling this purpose.

Like Jesus said, with men things are impossible, but WITH God ALL things are possible. He plans everything so perfectly and you have to admit that with Him nothing is a coincidence but a divine orchestration.


This story was written for you so that you would know how gracious God is. He not only meets your needs but also your desires. Over the years I have come to know Him as the one that LOVES to outrageously spoil us. Just be patient, some desires take longer than others but the point is that He wants you to know how awesome He is. Now, would you dare to believe the impossible with me?


Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner


Sunday, 10 August 2014

"I Love You Just the Way You Are"

“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness” 
(Jeremiah 31:3 NIV).



We thought it would be a nice thing to buy ourselves a puppy dog to bring some new interaction into our relationship. And indeed it did! Shortly before Christmas we chose the cutest doggie in the whole wide world and he indeed brings so much joy to us.


So now when we get up in the morning we go straight to our dog instead to the coffee machine. We let him out of his kennel and he gets to go outside for his bathroom routine. We fix his meals, see that he gets enough water and also give him much tender loving care and some training also. 

He is such a good puppy and we affirm to him all the time that he is just the best puppy in the whole wide world. He loves to play, relax, have his tummy rubbed and spend time with us. When we are separated from him for a couple of hours we both yearn and long to see him again. This has now become our enriched life with our puppy dog.

Recently as he was resting on my lap I asked myself why I loved my puppy so much. This love for him is definitely not based on what he could do for me. If I compare him with me it is clear, he will never have the same capabilities and characteristics. 

The same applies with God and man: we will always be limited. But let me tell you, when my puppy wiggles his tail and shows me his affection, I just have to think about the love that the Father in Heaven has for you and me.

It is a fact; next to your affections there is really nothing you need to do to impress the LORD. He is the awesome God and He loves and accepts you just the way you are! All He ever desires is that you would just simply spend time with Him and show Him how much you love Him. That is what you have been created for and that is what truly touches His Heart. Not your actions, but your affections.

As you rest in this assurance today that you are loved by Him just the way you are, you will begin to experience the depth of His unconditional love for you. It will set you free to be the person He created you to be!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 3 August 2014

"What a Treasure We Have in Jesus"

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”
(John 3:16 NKJV).


I think smartphones and phone apps are a smart invention. Recently I downloaded a fantastic Bible application. It’s not just a lite version. It’s the real deal! Every morning when I get up I can’t wait to read my Bible. And the best thing is: it’s completely free. 

www.blueletterbible.org
I can’t understand why such a great application would be free, but it is. They offer different concordances, commentaries, dictionaries and audio bibles. The list is endless and every day I discover something new about this app. I could go on and on, it’s just so amazing. I feel so tremendously blessed to be able to use this great tool that I told my husband we absolutely needed to donate some money to this organization. You see I can’t help it. I feel so blessed that I want to bless others in return.
It’s a good thing to “re-realize” what we have in Jesus. Think about it: God loved you and me so much that He chose to give the best for us, His only Son. I heard an evangelist say that “heaven is bankrupt because it gave it all for us”. Take a moment and ponder afresh today what you have in Jesus: justification, redemption, salvation, eternal life, wisdom, love, hope, faith and the list goes on and on. 

Shower your Heavenly Father with thanksgiving and admiration and be generous in all that you do. After all, are you not the most blessed person on earth? Are you not a child of God that has been given the privilege of an intimate relationship with God Almighty? Wow, so be generous in your love, finances and with everything you have and lavish and spoil the people around you with the same kind of treasure you have received in Jesus. 


Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner


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