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).

Saturday, 1 April 2017

"Small steps with great results"

There were two things in my life that were totally out of control: 1) my blood sugars were sky rocket high and 2) I was never that heavy in my entire life. I reached a point in my life where discipline was not good enough anymore. I was at my ends whit and in my desperation I cried out to God and asked him for bold results: I wanted my blood sugars to come down from an initial 250/280 to a healthy 100 and with my weight I didn't ask him for a specific number but rather a comfortable range.  

In the course of my recovery there were many little steps I had to take such as changing my diet, getting a membership at a local gym, calling a friend as an accountability partner, friends praying for me and praying myself through each and every single situation. Today I am happy to say that my blood sugars are in a normal range between 88 - 130 and my weight has tumbled down from initially 186 lb to 113 lb. I am so surprised myself and every day I seem to scratch my head in amazement that I am walking out the prayers I had prayed. Of course I continue to live a healthy lifestyle and I continue to work on my blood sugars and maintain a healthy weight. But I tell you the joy I have in my heart for God and for this change that occurred is the strength I have to continue the walk.

It is so much on my heart to say to you that prayer works and God is faithful, all the time! It is worth taking small steps and praying. The Lord wants to respond to your prayers and He wants to give you your hearts desires. It might take a while but as your focus remains on the target each step of the way you will conquer anything.

I hope this story encourages you.
Much love,
-Suzanne Tanner.


Before
After


"Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit" (James 5: 16-18 NKJV). 

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 )

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

"He Alone Changes Your Heart"

For about a year now the Lord has been dealing with my character and my fears. It's been a long and hard process. He used opposition to form something in me that would last. There was no way out, I was locked in for months with pressure coming my way all the time. It was bad and it was hard. There were different things the Lord wanted to shape in me: Fear of man and fear of failure. Both I had to be confronted with and I was not given the opportunity to escape.

Next to having to face my fears the Lord did a lasting work which I only realized once the change was over. During the fear of failure period I had made so many mistakes. It was so embarrassing and also very painful but I came to realize that the Lord really changed something in me. Because the pain was so tremendous I cannot and I will not address a mistake in others when my motivation is to expose the person or be judgmental. Not only did the Lord address these fears but he also knocked out a judgemental attitude in me. I simply cannot hurt a person no more, because I have felt pain myself.

God is good and His mercy endures forever. That's all I can say for today!

-Suzanne Tanner.

"My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights" (Proverbs 3:11-12 NKJV).

 
"Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it" (Hebrews 12:11 NKJV).

Sunday, 19 March 2017

A Taste of Bitterness

"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;" (Hebrews 12: 14-15 NKJV).

I operate a micro bakery from the basement of my home and I bake croissants with different kinds of fillings. One of my clients suggested to add some marzipan to my almond filling. I found a Swiss recipe that suggested to add a few drops of bitter almond extract to enhance the taste. Excited to try this out I quickly realized how intense the flavor of the extract can be and how bitter my paste had become. I had to decide to either start from scratch and throw this batch away or get rid of the bitter taste. My first thought was to add sugar to neutralize the bitterness. To my disappointment it didn't really change anything. Finally after adding a lot of sweetness and finding no remedy I tried lemon zest and thankfully that type of intense flavor somehow overcame most of the bitterness! 

This dramatic situation made me think of human bitterness that comes in many shapes and forms: in resentment, anger, unforgiveness, disappointment, being treated unfairly and so forth. And when we harbor bitterness in our hearts we cannot just sugar coat it either. The only effective way to get rid of this strong force and enemy of our own hearts is to truly repent and choose to be a forgiving person. This is difficult I know, I have been there and done it many times myself, but I came to realize that this is the only way to a wholesome, healthy and balanced life.

It is my prayer today that we be sensitive people to any hint of bitterness and chose forgiveness above anything else.

-Suzanne Tanner.

Resolving Bitterness the Jesus Way:

Luke 6

Love Your Enemies

27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Do Not Judge

37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
39 And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart[g] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Build on the Rock

46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.[h] 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell.[i] And the ruin of that house was great.”

Sunday, 26 February 2017

"What Does Obedience Look Like?"

But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” 
(Luke 11:28 NKJV).

"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." (James 1:22 NKJV)

I am always amazed at our Chihuahua doggie Davey how obedient he is. I mean Davey (almost) every time responds to the "No, Wait, Come" words. Just recently I introduced the "come" word with giving him a treat. He is so smart and has such a good memory that when I say "come" he comes right away and waits for the treat. The treat is then all he can think about and he leaves his playground of sniffing behind and follows me. Such a smart dog. 

Always makes me think though if only we were as smart as Davey and would respond to God's mere words.

It is my prayer today, that not only I but all of us would be doers of the Word of God and would understand obedience so that we could find abundant life and joy and peace.

With much love,
-Suzanne tanner