Sunday, 27 February 2011

“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

Sunday, 20 February 2011

"I Give You Insight"

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13 NIV).

I recently made an interesting observation as I noticed that one of the positive side effects of snow falling to the ground is that you get to see the steps of a human being or an animal that was walking around your house.

As I stepped out one morning to shut the garage lights off, I saw that an animal had approached our house. I saw which course it had taken and I had to chuckle a little. With the snow lying on the ground there was no hiding anymore, I could see now very clearly what kind of steps it had taken. It was the same with the mail man. I didn’t have to go outside in the cold weather to check the mail box anymore. From inside the house I just had to look for the footsteps on our porch to see if he had come yet or not. Thanks to the snow I was able to receive these insights.

What is far greater than these prints in the snow is of course that God offers you the Spirit of Truth that guides you into all truth. As you open yourself up to Jesus know that whatever it is that you need to know, trust that He will reveal it to you. He will give you insight and He will also expand your insight. What an amazing God we serve, that He would choose you and me to confound the wise of this world with His insight. And that’s the truth.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 13 February 2011

“The Master Architect”

“But as it is written, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.’ But God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2: 9 & 10).

We are having the upper part of our garage being finished off so that we can eventually provide a place for travelers and missionaries from near and afar. I have learned such a lot of principles only by watching this garage being built by different craftsmen. From laying the foundation and putting the framework into place, to installing the insulation, the plumbing and electricity and all the appliances, everything has been just so rewarding for me.

Recently I got to witness the laying of the plumbing lines. I walked up to the room and standing there all alone I had a chance to observe at all the plumbing work that had been done. Although I know nothing about plumbing, I observed the red and blue lines and followed them throughout the whole garage and figured that these were the hot and cold water lines. I saw where they reached the sink and the shower and the toilet, and I also discovered the place for the drain. I got to see and witness everything before it would eventually become invisible and hidden behind the walls. I realized that God had allowed me to see into all the things and how everything works together perfectly behind the scenes.

That day as I stood all alone in that unfinished room above the garage, God reminded me of these precious promises that He gave to those that love Him. Isn’t He just a wonderful God that He would reveal these things to us and give us such great insight without our having to work hard to understand all things? The LORD is right now pouring out His insight to the ones that love Him. They will tell the world that He is the Master Architect and the One that holds everything together. Will you be one of them?

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 7 February 2011

"You Were Created in My Image"

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27 NIV).

I am not a person who knows much about art, but let me tell you what I experienced recently. I went into a local art gallery to talk to the owner about something. As I was waiting with a friend of mine to speak to him, we walked around the gallery and had a look at all of the pictures that the owners wife had been painting. I was so impressed to see how versatile she was. Not one picture was the same. One of the pictures really caught both of our eyes and attention. Below this particular picture was another one which was the exact replica of the one hanging above it, just a little bit smaller. I observed and compared both pictures carefully and I thought, “Why does she paint two identical pictures?” I was puzzled until my friend revealed to me that the larger picture was the original and the smaller one was a lithography, a truly excellent copy of the original. I was totally amazed; I could hardly believe it was true because for me they looked just the same: in color, canvas, frame, just in everything.

That morning I couldn’t help but think about Jesus, our Original. When people see you and me, do they right away think about Jesus? Can you imagine that your actions and your nature would just automatically speak about Jesus and point to Him? God’s heart yearns for the children of God to be revealed in such a way! I tell you, reflect His image to the world and you will start winning people for Jesus! It’s as simple as that and it is how you are going to bring in the harvest in the most powerful and authentic way!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner