Saturday, 30 June 2012

"Short Shrift"

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19 NIV).


My husband took this verse very personal when he stepped out of his car and was made aware by our friend that a little snake was crawling next to him. Although it was a small one, it was surprisingly bold. It hissed at him a couple of times and even tried to attack him. My husband wasn’t going to mess with him, and made short shrift! He got out his heavy sledge hammer and crushed its head with no further delay.



This is the kind of attitude you need to exert at all times when you are dealing with your enemy the devil: you make short work of him! You take out your sledge hammer, that is the word of God in you, and you take control. You trample and overcome as you resist your adversary and as you speak the truth against him. It’s really that simple: Jesus is Lord. The King of Kings defeated him on the Cross of Calvary, stripped him of all power and now it is up to you to walk out this truth here on earth. Realize that satan’s position is under your feet and that’s where he will remain as you take authority in Jesus Name.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Saturday, 23 June 2012

"Unbelieveable and Yet True!"

“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. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear” (Revelation 19: 7 & 8 NIV). 


We had been looking very much forward to witness the wedding day of our friends and now the day had arrived. Already when we entered the sanctuary we felt that something special was going to happen. And so there he stood, the groom dressed in a fine tuxedo and waiting to receive his bride. Then a white fine fabric was laid to make a way for the bride to walk down the aisle with her father and with much expectation in the air she finally appeared in all her beauty. Everybody rose from their seats showing her respect, honor and adoration and all eyes were now drawn on her.

At that moment the Lord took me to the wedding of the Lamb and I had to think about Him and His bride, “No that’s wrong, that is so unbelievable. Here is the groom and everybody should be looking to Him. He is the Anointed One, He is the Lamb, He is the King of Kings and the King of Glory, He is the Redeemer, the One we need to look to, but all eyes are on the bride that had been washed by the blood of the Groom.” Right then I felt the Lord’s great happiness and deep love for us. It was inexpressible, unbelievable and yet true. I felt He had waited so long for her and now finally she was indeed ready to be given to Him by His Father, a bride made suitable for Him, a bride without spots and wrinkles.

The Bride of Christ are those that have overcome, that were willing to do His will; they pressed through and endured a lot because they loved Him more than their own life. I believe it is time for the Bride of Christ to get ready for her Groom, because He is coming back very soon to receive her. It is time for the Bride of Christ to realize that she will not be a spectator at the wedding of the Lamb. She will be His bride, the one and only that has been chosen by Him and prepared for Him. What great honor, what great grace, what great plan, what a great love story! Would you like to walk down the aisle at the wedding of the Lamb? Then now is the time to make yourself available and allow Him to make you suitable for Him.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 17 June 2012

"I Love You Just the Way You Are"

“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3 NIV).


We thought it would be a nice thing to buy ourselves a puppy dog to bring some new interaction into our relationship. And indeed it did! Shortly before Christmas we chose the cutest doggie in the whole wide world and he indeed brings so much joy to us.

So now when we get up in the morning we go straight to our dog instead to the coffee machine. We let him out of his kennel and he gets to go outside for his bathroom routine. We fix his meals, see that he gets enough water and also give him much tender loving care and some training also. He is such a good puppy and we affirm to him all the time that he is just the best puppy in the whole wide world. He loves to play, relax, have his tummy rubbed and spend time with us. When we are separated from him for a couple of hours we both yearn and long to see him again. This has now become our enriched life with our puppy dog.

Recently as he was resting on my lap I asked myself why I loved my puppy so much. This love for him is definitely not based on what he could do for me. If I compare him with me it is clear, he will never have the same capabilities and characteristics. The same applies with God and man: we will always be limited. But let me tell you, when my puppy wiggles his tail and shows me his affection, I just have to think about the love that the Father in Heaven has for you and me.

It is a fact; next to your affections there is really nothing you need to do to impress the LORD. He is the awesome God and He loves and accepts you just the way you are! All He ever desires is that you would just simply spend time with Him and show Him how much you love Him. That is what you have been created for and that is what truly touches His Heart. Not your actions, but your affections.

As you rest in this assurance today that you are loved by Him just the way you are, you will begin to experience the depth of His unconditional love for you. It will set you free to be the person He created you to be!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 10 June 2012

“Take to Heart”

“He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding” (Proverbs 15:31 & 32 NIV).

 


Why is it that when it really gets bad, we finally listen and do what we are supposed to do?

I recently had an appointment at the dental hygienist and I have to admit that somewhere in the corner of my heart there was some hidden guilt. Why? I very well knew for years that I needed to floss my teeth, but I simply didn’t have what it took to follow through. The hygienist cleaned my teeth as usual, knowing that I hadn’t flossed at all and so I was glad that it was soon over so that I could go back home.

But unfortunately the doctor also wanted to see me and take a closer look at the x-rays that had been taken. This time he was not all understanding, but gave me a life-giving rebuke! He said that if I would not floss my teeth daily I would eventually start losing them. I tell you his words were like an arrow that pierced the center of my heart and this time I was forced to take it to heart. I sensed in his words such an earnest concern for me and my teeth.

Today we are living in a day and age where not a lot of people dare to correct God’s way. And when the correction does come, it is rejected by many. My doctor took the initiative and the responsibility to correct me. I took it to heart, I applied it to my life, and my gums have stopped bleeding. So please do not get offended when a person that stands in authority and carries responsibility takes the time to correct you. Take it to heart because this is God’s way to give you life, wisdom and understanding.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 4 June 2012

"Draw On Me!"

“And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. ‘Who touched me?’ Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you. But Jesus said, Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me”
(Luke 8:43 – 46 NIV)



You will find out how humid the air really is when you use a dehumidifier. It is just incredible; three times a day I go down to the basement to literally draw on about 24 gallons of water. Then I pour it all out and put the water bucket back to where it belongs and the never ending cycle of drawing, pouring out, drawing begins again and again, like I said, three times a day.

Amazing, don’t you think so, how much water is unseen to the eyes and hides in the air until it is transformed by the dehumidifier. Such a vast realm of humidity in the air – it will be impossible for me to draw all of it out.

Do you sometimes run dry or feel empty? Well, you don’t have to be because when you touch Jesus, the Unseen, when you reach out to Him by faith like this woman did that had been sick for so many years, you draw on Him. He is the source of any kind of abundance and all that you can imagine to believe. You can go to Him all the time and draw on Him. He will never run dry because there was, is and always will be plenty for you. And this is the purpose of your precious life: to be a “godly dehumidifier”. Be filled in Jesus Name and pour yourself out to others. Then return back to Him for more.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner