Saturday, 26 November 2011

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, 20 November 2011

"Just Wait and See!"

“The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' 'An enemy did this,' he replied. The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn” (Matthew 13:27 – 30 NIV).

We were looking forward to coming home again after being gone for a few weeks. Of course we were very curious how our yard would be looking like. When we finally got to see it, we were a little shocked at its condition. The weeding had been completely neglected and it was just amazing to see how quickly the weeds had grown, far more than the real plants.

Our disappointed soon disappeared as we rolled up our sleeves and began to free our precious plants from these huge and nasty enemies. Actually, our joy grew more at the very clear and obvious sight of these weeds and we became very effective in the deliverance of our plants.

This is a lesson we all need to learn as leaders in the Kingdom of God. It is absolutely necessary to wait for the full blown manifestation of the counterfeit for it to become very obvious and clear to us. It will require patience, faith and wisdom, but just wait and see, because your spiritual discernment will be a fruit of it and you will be called an effective deliverer in the lives of people entrusted to you.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 14 November 2011

"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

Sunday, 6 November 2011

"The Place of Refuge"

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (Psalm 91:4 NIV).

I only noticed how hot it actually was when I stepped out of my air conditioned car. I had to take our dog to the nearby lawn and because the heat was weighing very heavily on both of us I was in desperate need of an instant shelter.

Whilst I was walking along the lawn I came across this huge tree. Then, as I approached it and came under its shelter I immediately experienced a fresh breeze and a change of temperature. This strong tree with leaves like wings carried and absorbed all the heaviness of the heat so that I didn’t have to suffer any longer. Indeed, under its protection I found safety and relief.

Doesn’t this tree just speak about our awesome God? HE IS the place of refuge that absorbs all the pressure for you! As you give your worries and cares into His hands you will find the gentle breeze of freedom in the presence of your great protector!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner