Sunday, 24 February 2013

The Convicting Power

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"
(John 8:32 NKJV).

The most truthful sweeper sales person I know came to our house one day to give us a presentation of his airflow system. He’s a personal friend that we respect so we knew he would not bamboozle us. He started out by telling us to sweep a piece of carpet with our vacuum cleaner, the one we were convinced was doing a pretty decent job. Then he put a piece of cloth between the nozzle and the canister of his airflow system sweeper and after going over our carpet a second time he took the cloth away.

There it was in black & white! We could hardly believe how much dust and dirt was still hiding in our carpet and now got completely drawn out by this powerful sweeper. Needless to say that our delusion was now apparent and the results were very clear. Conviction came, the decision was made and the deal was sealed.

This leads me to ask you if you think that you live a pretty decent life? Well, truth be known, without the convicting power of the truth that is found in the Word of God you will always live a life on the surface with pretense. But when you allow the Holy Spirit to speak brutally honest with you, He will penetrate your heart and open up the way to your repentance, ultimate freedom and powerful life.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Saturday, 23 February 2013

"Ask and You Shall Receive!"

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours" (Mark 11:24 NIV).

I carried a concern with me for quite some time. I kept it to myself and didn’t talk to anyone about it, not even to my husband. Then when this need became a real big one I just couldn’t keep it to myself anymore. I had to talk to him about it and ask if he could meet that need.

And do you know what? He made a way! He didn’t turn me down, he didn’t say that I needed to come to him another day. No, he instantly said yes although at that time we didn’t have the means. I received what I had asked for! The nice thing was that later on that day we had a check in the mailbox that covered more than I needed.

This story reflects so much the heart of God and how it “works” in His Kingdom. If you read the above verse carefully, you will discover that when you ask the LORD for something, you need to believe. The LORD says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Faith is also being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. Although whatever you have asked for might not be visible yet, you need to hear and know in your heart that the LORD said Yes and Amen to your request. Only then you are really walking by faith and receive what is yours.

So next time you have a need, dare to ask the LORD. Know that He will not turn you down. He loves you too much. He wants your joy to be complete and your faith in Him to be unshaken. So go now and receive your blessings from God!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 17 February 2013

"I Am With You"

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20 NIV).

Although the wintertime is a pretty season, the fact of the matter is that it is often dark and nature seems to be asleep. In our hometown when it gets dark we turn on the lights! During the night time all the bare trees in our park are covered with thousands of pretty lights. The lights also reflect a wonderful picture of the Christmas season: they are used to paint scenes, stars, pine trees, the nativity story and many other well known characters. You can even drive through the park if you like and enjoy the pictures and the warmth of the lights.

I tell you, it’s a whole new world and for a moment or two you forget that this is just an ordinary park. You see, although you know without a shadow of doubt that the lights are there, during daylight the evidence and effect of them are invisible to the human eye.

This scene in the park reminded me very much of the invisible God. Although He is always with us, he is unseen to the human eye. But when we turn to him and fellowship with Him, a whole new world opens up to us. A life that was lost, ordinary and empty becomes a life of abundance, happiness and meaningfulness. Perhaps your life is like that. But this doesn’t have to remain like this forever! Turn to your Savior and He will open your spiritual eyes and you will experience and enjoy the wonderful rich life that is found in the presence of the one true God. His name is Jesus Christ and He is the Light of the World.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 11 February 2013

"The Giver of All Good Things"

"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." (Psalm 37:4-6 NIV)

I reached a point in my life, where I absolutely needed to do something about my alarming weight gain. I evaluated different fitness studios in my home town, I tested their equipment, I talked to the staff about their program, and I compared the membership fees.

During that time my desire really grew strong, but there was one little problem: I didn’t have the money to buy a membership. So what do you do when you cannot do anything anymore? You have this desire, but you cannot make it happen. I want to tell you, that this is such a good place to be and a great opportunity for the LORD to step in and to do something wonderful in your life.

You know in a short period of time the LORD provided something miraculous for me: He found the best place in town where I could workout for free, teach children and even earn a little money.

The delight the Bible is speaking about comes from being at that place where your only hope is in the LORD. It is a place where all human efforts cease and your faith becomes real. Do you have a desire in your heart, but you in yourself are not able to meet that need? I encourage you today to take your eyes off all impossibilities and to talk to the LORD about your desires. Know that with Him all things are possible and that He is the giver of all good things. He desires to give you the best and above your expectation! He will surely do it for you. I guarantee that your joy will overflow in praise and your faith in Him will strengthen your heart when you hear the Master Voice say to you: I did it for you; I paid the price.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Radio Interview

Listen to the interview by Mike Buchanan on Radio 1240 KBIZ with Suzanne Tanner on the launch of her first book entitled "You Are On God's Heart Today" Volume 1.

This interview was broadcasted live on February 7, 2013.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

"Step Back"

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." ~ 1 Peter 5:7 NJKV ~
The Lord shared a profound statement with me a few days ago after I had pondered about a situation which I will describe below. He said, "You cannot control the things of God because they belong to Me. The only thing you are allowed to exercise is self-control!"
Our neighbor’s young cat got to stay with us for a few days. I didn’t realize how sharp her teeth and claws were until she tried to play with me. Knowing this, I felt the need to defend my little Chihuahua doggie Davey, and so I immediately switched into my control mode. I imagined so many crazy things like. "What if she scratches and injures him bloodily and he has to go to the vet?" Observing my ridiculous behavior from a distance I had to make a decision. Either I step back and rest and enjoy, or I continue to get ridiculously stressed out.
Well, I stepped back and allowed the two of them to have their way. Without my controlling oversight that was fueled by fear, and allowing them full liberty, they in fact became best play buddies. The cat was really tender with Davey and my husband and I got to enjoy them more than the weekend TV programs!

You cannot control the things of God and you should not interfere with the moving of the Holy Spirit. You need to step back like an honorable gentleman and allow Him to have His way. Will you trust the Lord your God to take care of your bills, spouse, children, co-workers, health, future and your very life? Remember, He still holds your precious life in His hands.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner