Sunday, 29 August 2010

Listen To Me.

“Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God (John 6:68-69 NIV)".

My husband wanted a tree for our front yard so that it would in due time bear some shade for our house. So we went tree shopping and found a suitable one that was delivered to our house and transplanted into our yard. We were happy with this investment and like proud parents we were also looking forward to seeing the tree grow. After a couple of days though, we had to face a disappointment as this tree was not growing properly. It was losing many leaves and we figured that the transplanting had caused a little shock to it. But in the days to follow its leaves even went yellow and then the wind came and detached many leaves from the branches. Now our tree looked very desolate and we were troubled about it and considered buying another one.

As I approached the tree one day all of a sudden I heard the LORD saying to me “Embrace it, have compassion and have patience.” On another occasion when I was very concerned for this tree the LORD spoke again to me saying, “Don’t look at all the dead leaves and don’t look at all the negatives. Look at the end of the branches and see if you can find some new life.” And sure enough, in the midst of all this dying I could recognize some new leaves that were springing forth! My hope for this tree was of course right there again and I prayed for it and praised the LORD for His wonderful plan.

Does this story remind you a little of your own life? You look at the all the negatives, and then you get discouraged and downcast and lose your hope? I tell you, stop right where you are and start to listen to the truth that will set you free. Embrace your situation by tuning in to God. Then begin to hear and see what He says and what He sees. I promise that these crystal clear words of eternal life from the Holy One of God will bring new life to you. You will grow strong in faith and you will call forth life to the dead, and call things that are not as though they were. That sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 22 August 2010

“Becoming a Servant of the Saints”

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves" (Philippians 2:3 NIV).

It was a mild evening in June and so we thought we would have our house church meeting in the back yard. We celebrated the Lords Supper and my husband sang a new song that he had received from the Lord that day while driving back home from a neighboring city.

After the Lord’s Supper and after my husband shared a little bit about what the Lord had placed on his heart, we had a barbeque and continued to enjoy our fellowship. My husband cooked the meat and I brought out all other items that were needed to have a relaxed evening. As I was serving the people I remembered that about 33 years ago I had learned this profession and now at church I was doing the same thing. As the evening went on I was getting tired from serving others. My attitude was not the same anymore and my humility was nowhere to be found. I had to talk to the LORD in the kitchen. I said, “Help me Jesus to see like you see. I need to change my attitude right away.” He instantly replied to me with these simple words, “Serve these Saints.” These three words kicked in right away like a gear shift and as I went outside again He opened my eyes to understanding. Yes of course, the Saints are at our house and I get to serve them! Wow, what an honor, what a privilege and what a great opportunity!

I tell you, this perspective will change your whole attitude in serving others. The next time you meet a child of God, stop for a moment and remember that this person is a Saint of the Most High. Take this as a great opportunity to grow in humility, in respect, and to become a loving servant. You be surprised to see how many Saints you actually know!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 15 August 2010

"We Belong to Each Other"

“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:4-5 NIV).

For a long time we wanted to renovate our dining room and so one day we had a Christian friend coming over to remodel the ceiling. He is a craftsman that works very structured and proper. So he sealed off all the doors with a plastic covering because he wanted the rest of the house to be protected from the dirt and dust that would derive from the room he was working in. The plastic covering he put up was blurred and so I couldn’t exactly see him. I could hear him though, I could talk to him and I could even stand before him. But I have to tell you, this plastic wall brought such a separation to us. It was awkward and there was nothing I could do. I had to endure this separation. From my perspective he was isolated and separated from us.

One evening however when he finished part of his work, he tore down the plastic covering and stepped out into our sitting room. There he was, our brother in Christ! The separation and isolation was no longer there and finally we were able to talk to him face to face again and enjoy our sweet fellowship.

You know, we are definitely not called to be isolated and separated from each other. No, we are called to belong to each other. That’s where the power lies and that’s were the blessing is found. Imagine for a moment, that you could let down your walls and take all your masks off and for once be yourself! It’s possible and it is available to you. I pray that you would dare to step out of your isolation today and step into the blessing that is found in the fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 8 August 2010

“The Beauty of the Bride”

“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”(Revelation 19:7 NIV).

A friend of ours is getting married soon. He has known his wife to be for quite a while now. She had been his girlfriend but when he asked her to be married to him, she became his fiancee. Her position from being just girlfriend changed and she became a bride to be.

As I met her recently I was just so surprised and amazed at the same time to realize this change in her position. Although she was still the same person, I had the impression as I was observing her that she had become something special. It was as if she had been lifted out of her “normal” position of being a single woman and had been crowned with a wonderful worthiness that comes from being a bride and wife. She was more beautiful than usual, she was so radiant, and she resembled a princess, you know somebody that was hand-picked and utterly loved by her husband to be.

The Body of Christ which is made out of all born-again believers needs to be reminded that she is indeed the one and only fiancée of the Lord and the soon to be bride of the King of Kings. She is hand-picked, utterly loved by her bridegroom Jesus Christ, and stands in waiting for her King to come back and take her to become His wife.

So let us reflect this joy today that we are chosen by Jesus to be His bride, and let’s get ready in waiting and in expectation that He will soon come back to be married to us. Hallelujah! What a glorious future awaits us!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 1 August 2010

"You Are So Beautiful"

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength” (1 Corinthians 1, 25 NIV).

It’s amazing how a digital camera can capture the smallest and to the human eye most insignificant flowers! There is a function in my camera that can focus on plants in a very special way. This means that the focus is on the object and everything else like the background is blurred. The object itself, may it be so tiny, can be magnified through the camera and bring out an incredible beauty and detail of the flower. I have discovered this over and over again in my walks to the park. You know I would walk with my camera in my hand looking out for some nice flowers. And so one day I was just so surprised at some really small flowers that were growing alongside the path. I took a closer look at them and was so amazed at their beauty! I would have missed out on a great blessing would the LORD have not pointed them out to me!

This is how the LORD sees you! Perhaps your beauty is not recognized by the world, but I need to tell you that the LORD sees you! Like with this camera His eyes are on you and He sees only you. His perspective about you is magnificent and He sees every little inner and outer detail about you. He doesn’t care about your background and everything around you. His focus is entirely on you and He thinks you are absolutely beautiful.

So do not think any longer that you are insignificant, because you are not. Just remember the eyes of the LORD are on you and He recognizes who you are. You have been made in His image and His glory and power are being manifest through you. Are you ready to puzzle the world?

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner