Sunday, 29 March 2009

The victory is yours!

“But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed for ever. Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him" (Daniel 7:26-27).

Oh, did you realize what you just read in these verses above? Do you know that you are a saint of the Most High? You see, one day soon the Kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to His saints. And that includes you too! If you think about it, isn’t that just an amazing thought but at the same time also a little bit overwhelming?

Perhaps now you start to understand why your life is sometimes so difficult. It is because the Lord is preparing you for your eternal destiny. He is teaching you all about Kingdom principles. He is changing you into His image and He is imparting to you His sovereignty, power and greatness which you will need to rule and reign with Him one day soon.

I encourage you today to embrace all the challenges that come along your way. Remember the LORD is preparing you for His eternal mission and He is laying a solid foundation in your life. Your reward is to spend eternity alongside with Him. So rejoice about your glorious future and walk your life with the King of Kings as if you were already standing with Him in eternity.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Stand firm!

“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself in this way” (Daniel 1,8 NIV).

It is obvious that Daniel knew that a rulers delicacies were deceptive and not to be craved for. He was a man of integrity and a man with a clear mission from God. He knew his God and his identity in Him. He knew he was called to be a leader and to have an impact in society. He was one that stood firm in his calling, no matter what kind of temptations would come along his way. He was determined not to bow before worldly authorities, but to worship the one and only God worthy of praise and honor, the creator of heaven and earth. With this attitude in his heart he went forth to minister to the King of Babylon with the gifts he had received from above.

My question for you today is: Has the LORD called you to a higher level of authority? Has he spoken to you to go forth and preach the good news to the lost that stand in a position of authority? Then you need to lose your fear of man and determine in your heart that whatever you do you would want to please God alone. Do not be like Moses that didn’t want to confront Pharaoh. Be like Daniel and have a godly impact in the society.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Share your plans with Him!

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” (Luke 14:28-30)

We recently had an electrician install many more outlets in our house. I never really paid much attention to the electricity and how it functions in the house. I mean it’s like you take it for granted. You switch on the light and the light goes on. It was then truly amazing to see how much wire and planning and calculation was needed before he dared to drill a hole in the wall. Then finally when everything was set into place he was able to pull the electrical wire through the wall and attach it to the outlets. He did an excellent job and the best part of it was his planning skills. The planning and calculation phase was his foundation and guaranteed the success of his work. He counted the costs very well.

These verses in Luke 14 are mentioned under a paragraph called “the cost of being a disciple”. Planning and calculating are one of the excellent characteristics of a disciple. They plan and calculate well before they do anything. There lies such an excellence in this discipline because at the end of this chapter the Lord Jesus concludes in verse 34” that salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?”. The truth of the matter is, the Lord wants you to be effective and represent Him well on this earth.

I encourage you today that whatever you are called to do, that you would dare to sit down with the Lord first before you move forward. Share with Him your plans and let Him help you with counting the costs. Then, when everything is set in place, go forward boldly and be a shining light in this world.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Look at the progress!

“Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb-line in the hand of Zerubbabel”(Zechariah 4:10).

God is at work in your life, did you know that? He that has begun a good work in you will also accomplish it. The Lord desires to lay a good and solid foundation in your life. But because you look at your calling there is a good chance that you could despise the small beginnings. Perhaps you are thinking that you are taking “baby steps” and that they are not worth of any consideration. But you forget an important principle: each and every step is needed to climb the ladder.

Let’s be honest: It’s very difficult to take big steps in the Kingdom of God. It’s not Gods way anyway. He plants a seed and then he waits for it to grow. So trust me; you need to take these small ones. Little by little, step by step, day by day, week by week you will realize that you are standing on solid ground. This growth will give you such a confidence and enable you to build the Kingdom Gods way. I encourage you today to focus on the progress you are making and at the same time to hold onto your calling that is in your right hand.

And then listen to the Masters Voice saying to you: 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Change your perspective!

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”(Psalm 118:24)

There are mornings where you can just sense that this is going to be a good day. It is as if all the cares and the spiritual attacks have been lifted away from you and you can walk so easily in this promise the Lord is speaking of. But for many of us these days seem to be rare ones. Often we see ourselves confronted with problems, opposition and the issues of our own hearts. These are the days where you know that you are walking on the narrow path. How then can you possibly find joy in all these circumstances when you are so overwhelmed by them?

Let me help you here. Whether you feel good or not, it is a fact that the Lord has made this day and He wants you to be happy! He wants you to be glad and know that He is in control of every day. After all, he is the creator of all good things, right? So it all starts with your perspective towards this day and your attitude towards God. Here is a simple question for you to answer: is your glass half full or half empty? Do you view your situation negatively or could it be an opportunity to grow for example in patience, love or obedience? Whatever it might be chose to learn regardless of how you feel. Believe the Lord and His word. Take every opportunity to grow in the Lord and learn from Him and you will soon realize that your days are filled with joy and gladness.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner