Saturday, 29 September 2012

"The Longing of God"

"For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God"
(Romans 8: 19-21 NIV).

I tell you, it was definitely a special day in the life of my husband. After much planning, coordinating, endurance, faith and finances the dream of my husband and probably of every American had become reality: the custom designed garage was no longer a dream!

As he stood in his beloved and cherished brand new garage I could just feel his happiness, contentment and the sense of great relief. What he had seen with his inner eye and what he had carried in his heart for years was a blueprint of his garage. Now finally everything came to pass just as he had seen and believed all along.

In that moment I thought of the tremendous longing that our Heavenly Father has. I thought of His love for us and His faith that Christ could be formed in us. He didn’t spare any costs, made plans to give us a hope and future, He even sent His son to this earth to teach us, to remind us and to draw us to Him and give us a new identity. Then when everything was completed, His Son said “It Is Finished,” and then the Father let Him die for you and for me.

Today I want to impress to you that the LORD has a great longing and love for you. He will never give up on you, but carry out His plan for your life until everything is completed and finished. Now rest in this assurance and enter into the Fathers joy and delight.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 23 September 2012

"And the Story Continues with You"

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 NIV).

Whilst I was tending our berry bushes I was struck by this kind of profound reality. The original stems that we had planted a year ago actually all died but out of all of them many more branches had come forth. Now a year later there is such a tremendous growth going on here in our backyard and our bushes are more than 6 feet tall.

Just amazing, don’t you think so, that out of something that was planted into the soil and then died such a lot of growth would come forth? Doesn’t this scene just draw you to the One and Only great Savior Jesus Christ that came into this world to give his life as a ransom for you and for me? For the Father’s great love and wisdom knew when He gave His only beloved Son that his death would not be in vain but would bare an immense and glorious multiplication of His own self.

You are like one of these branches and so now the story continues with you! As a child of God you are the seed of His sacrifice –a “Christ in you – the hope of Glory” seed! Rightly John 15:5 says "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”. Now I think that this is shouting territory, don’t you?

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 17 September 2012

"I Fulfill"

“I lift up my eyes to the mountain – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121, 1-2 NIV).

I am sure you are familiar with this situation where somebody promised something to you and in the end didn’t fulfill it. I have experienced it many times myself but also I have made promises in the past and wasn’t able to keep them. Shortcomings both ways hurt, don’t they?

The LORD helped me recently with this human phenomena and told me that every time we fail, He is right there to step in, take over and ready to make up for any of our shortcomings. Isn’t that just something? He is your puzzle piece that fits perfectly into that empty space.

So whenever somebody fails you please don’t get upset, bitter or angry, but use that situation as a great opportunity for the LORD to step in and fulfill a plan, a promise or a desire He gave you. Don’t look to man for the fulfillment but always lift your eyes heavenwards. Remember, we are weak human vessels and incomplete, but He is strong and totally complete and ready to be your awesome help!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 9 September 2012

"Just In Time!"

"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5 b NIV).

We were running out of money that day. We actually just had a few coins left to pay for the highway toll that would get us to the airport where we were dropping off our precious friends from Switzerland. An awkward situation, but again a great opportunity for the Lord to step in and do something on our behalf, right?

As my husband said goodbye to our friend’s son Josia, just the finest 8 year old boy you can imagine, something quite unusual and unexpected happened: Josia reached into his back pocket and handed a 20 dollar bill with a smile on his face to my husband. It was his holiday money he got to spend here in America. But because his father and his friend’s father always paid for everything, he never got the chance to spend his money, except when God wanted to meet a need! Lending a hand to God and bringing about a blessing to us, my husband and I looked at each other, shook our heads in amazement and then tears began to well up in our eyes. Quite something, don’t you think so? An 8 year old boy sowing into a 53 year old man’s life!!!

Seems like God is always on time, huh? He never disappoints you and is always faithful. Sometimes He waits until your last minute, not to freak you out, but to let you know that He is never late. And you also learn, like we did, that you cannot put Him in a box. He will use whatever resources belong to Him all along to let you know that He is with you and that He cares. Then you will proclaim, "You alone are sovereign my God. I am so proud of you!"

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 2 September 2012

"You Don't Have to be Afraid"

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28 KJV).

I don’t know about you, but I used to be so afraid of dogs. I remember a situation where I went to visit a friend. I knew she had two very lively dogs that barked loud and a lot. So you can imagine as soon as I knocked on her door both dogs went off and barked with all the air that was in their lungs. I tell you, they gave it their all!

Jack Russell Terrier
My lady friend came to the door and told me that it was alright for me to enter her house as she had secured the dogs. She did want to let them out for me to meet them but let me tell you, I was just too afraid. Their fierce barking had struck so much fear in my heart that under no circumstance I was willing to face them.
The very same problem I had for years with the devil. I was too afraid of him. I didn’t want to face him nor deal with him. But now that I have this little puppy dog the LORD showed me something really powerful and imagine this, I am no longer afraid of dogs! Although my puppy dog is probably one of the smallest dogs, let me tell you his teeth are not that insignificant at all. In fact they are sharp! It’s funny though, as I take dominion over him I am even able to open his mouth, go in there with my fingers and snatch something out of there. I do the very same thing with the devil and so nowadays I think that taking dominion is indeed a great action plan of God.

Today I want to speak to your heart and tell you the truth: you don’t have to be afraid of the devil anymore or any other enemy. It is really that simple; you just take dominion in Jesus Name! This is an exclusive position only the children of God get to enjoy. So aren’t you glad you are one of His?

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner