Sunday, 27 January 2013

"Leave it to Me"

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” ~ (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV) ~

 
In Iowa where I now live there are such a lot of trees. And now that the autumn season has arrived, the leaves are falling to the ground and leaving all the trees bear. One day the trees are full of leaves, and then the next day a heavy wind comes and blows all the leaves off the trees.

It’s just the way it is. The Lord has set seasons in place and when it is time for another season, there comes a change. For all yard owners there is work to be done, and that means to rake all the leaves from the ground. That’s hard work and it needs endurance and muscle power to clear the lawn from all the leaves.

But you know what? There is a much easier way for all that work that needs to be done! Do you know how? Wait for the wind to come and he will do the work for you! With his power he will blow those leaves off your lawn in just a moment. Do you get the picture? Do you see it for yourself? This is the lifestyle of a follower of Jesus Christ: Enjoy your life and let Him do the work that is too heavy for you.

Are there things in your life that are burdening you too much and wearing you down? Wait upon the LORD and hand these very things over to Him. Then trust and rest in Him. He will surely carry them for you. And then you can lean back and enjoy your life as a Christian. Give Him the right of way and your life will become easy and light!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner
 

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Dependability

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!’" ~ Matthew 25:21 NIV ~


The online printing company that will be printing my first devotionals book gives a bold promise on their webpage: We can print a proof in book form within hours and you will receive it out of state the next day. My first thought was "let’s wait and see if that is true".

By golly, was it true. The book was delivered the next day just a few minutes before the scheduled time. In today’s world where dependability is on the decline my heart was profoundly made glad as I experienced the fulfillment of their promise.

Integrity, trustworthiness, reliability, dependability, consistency and faithfulness are all characteristics that are extremely important to the Lord. Don’t get me wrong, the Kingdom of God is at stake and He will definitely take no risks. He will bring the tests right into our everyday challenges to make apparent who’s dependable or who’s not.

The dependable ones will be rewarded with authority, favor, and success and above all blessed with the happiness of God. I know it’s backbreaking grinding work but the benefits are worth striving for don’t you think so?

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner




Sunday, 13 January 2013

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 NIV ~


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, 6 January 2013

Use Your Spiritual Sensors

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" ~ 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV ~


I have recently learned a lot about a dog’s sensitivity and how it applies to walking in the spirit. The Lord has been speaking a lot to me through my dog and Davey amazes me how alert and ultra sensitive his eyes, nose and ears are.

Listen to the following scenario: I open the freezer to take out a sausage. My dog that is minding his own business on the 2nd floor is in the far corner room. The sausage is less than a few seconds in the open and I can already hear him running downstairs heading right to the kitchen where I am. Well, that makes me think how fine his senses are. I cannot even smell the frozen sausage that is in front of me, but he can from a distance!

The same applies with the squirrel that is running around outside our house. Davey is already highly excited about it although he hasn’t even spotted it yet. However, when you let him outside, he runs right to it. Spot on Davey! Wow, I want to be like that, don’t you?

We can develop and increase our awareness and use our spiritual senses in a way that will help us appreciate the presence of the Lord and His angels, and detect the activity of the devil. A good starting point for this spiritual discipline is to desire the gift of distinguishing between spirits. It is a free gift and the principle is always the same: Ask, receive and apply.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner