SEEDS OF MEDITATION

In the Old Testament, God told Joshua to meditate day and night on the Word of God, to not let it depart from his mouth (Joshua 1:8). The Hebrew word for meditate is ‘hagah’, and it simply means to murmur, ponder, imagine, mutter, roar, speak and study. The Word of God is a seed which is to be sown into our hearts and must be watered by spending time in the Word of God and with God. With every verse, I want to encourage you to think on the verses, keep them close to your heart, to ponder on what Father God is saying to you personally and listen to Him speak to your heart.

I have hidden your Word in my heart…

Psalm 119: 11



Seed:

Isaiah 54: 2 (KJV)

Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes,


In this verse, God is telling the house of Israel to prepare for growth as they are going to multiply as a people – their families will grow and their nation will grow to such an extent that they will take over abandoned cities as well as other nations. God urges them to take physical steps in faith in their preparation for increase and prosperity.

In the same way, as New Covenant believers, we are living under a covenant of blessing because the curse has been removed once and for all through the finished work of Jesus at the cross. Sometimes, we too must take physical steps in faith in preparation for the “new thing” God is doing in our lives because the “new thing” will always bring increase, abundance and prosperity knowing in our hearts that the work of our hands and the fruit of our labour is already blessed.

Take steps of faith today, think big because increase and prosperity is already yours in Christ Jesus.




Seed:

Hebrews 11: 1 (KJV)

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


Faith is hoping and trusting for whatever cannot be seen in the physical. I believe God has given us the gift of ‘dreams’ and causes our hearts to dream of bigger and better things in our lives. A dream doesn’t have to merely remain just a dream, but it can become your reality and it starts by being able to see it in your heart with your spiritual eyes. Once you catch a glimpse of it, don’t let it go because your faith will cause what you are hoping for and dreaming of, to become the evidence of the desires that were born in your heart.

I encourage you today to give your dreams and your desires to God and then stand in faith that in due season all will come to pass. No matter how big your dream may be, be prepared that God can and will do far bigger and greater things than anything you can dream of, just believe!




Seed

Hebrews 4: 11 (KJV)

Let us labour therefore to enter in to that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.


Rest in God doesn’t mean physically putting your feet up and doing nothing. The rest of God refers to trusting and leaning on God while you do what you do. The Israelites who wandered the desert for forty years never entered the promised land because they simply did not believe in the promise of God. As they moved out of Egypt, it did not take them long to trust and lean on themselves (self-righteousness), rather than on God. Therefore, let us not make the same mistake and follow their example of unbelief and self-righteousness. There are many wonderful promises of God which are ours through the finished work of Jesus. Let us therefore labour to enter that place of rest as we go about our daily lives leaning and trusting in God that every promise of God is ‘Yes and Amen’ in Christ Jesus. When we do this, we will see our ‘promised land’ come to pass.




Seed

Isaiah 43: 18-19 (GW)

Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago. I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.


If you are holding on to things from your past, it is time to let go. Cast your every care, hurt and pain upon Jesus because He cares for you (1 Peter 5: 7) and then tell Him that you are moving forwards and upwards. Apart from Jesus, you can do nothing, but in Him and with Him, you can do all things through Him, in His strength (Philippians 4: 13).

Thank God for the “new thing” that he is doing in your life even if you cannot recognize it right now and believe that it is already happening. Thank God that this 2017 is a year crowned with His goodness, love and grace for you, where you will see every crooked path made straight, healing to your heart and soul and a time of refreshing to every dry area of your life, in Jesus Name.



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A new thing in God will always be a good thing.



Seed:
Genesis: 1: 1 (KJV)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 19: 1-2 (AMP)

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork. Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge.



God has made Himself known through His creation. He has proclaimed His power, His majesty and His glory through all that He has created. Every person who stands before God one day will be without excuse on that day because His creation has constantly declared His existence. When one stops and admires a beautiful painting, they will give credit to and praise the artist behind the painting. In the same way when we look at the wonder, magnificence and beauty of God’s creation, how much more should we give credit and praise to the creator behind the creation – Elohim, creator God.



Seed:
Genesis 1: 27 (AMP)

So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.



Out of God’s entire creation we are the only ones who are created in God’s image and after His likeness. We are three part beings (spirit, soul and body), and are made in the image of our triune God – Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt that God holds value over all His creation, but you and I are treasures in His hands and He values us as His special creation. We are uniquely created in every way to have fellowship with Him and reflect His kind of love, glory and holiness.
It is impossible to believe that human beings came to be by some sort of random mutation and natural selection. When looking at the complexities of a single living cell, there is no question that the one behind its creation is an all intelligent, all-knowing, all-powerful, divine, supernatural God.
Perhaps today we can proclaim the very words of the Psalmist where he said, “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”



Seed:
Hebrews 11: 6 (KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.



Faith is the currency of heaven – without faith we cannot appropriate all that Christ purchased for us through the finished work of the cross. Believing in God and His Word will first require your believing that He is. In other words, you need to believe that God is real even though you cannot see Him for we live by faith and not by sight. The very key that unlocks the door to salvation is first in acknowledging God and then inviting Him to be your Lord and Saviour. It is the gift of faith that enables you to receive Him and it is this kind of faith to believe in what you cannot see, that pleases Him.



Seed:
Colossians 1: 15-17 (NIV)

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Genesis 1: 26 (AMP)

God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the (tame) beasts, and over all the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.”



The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were before all things and each within the trinity played a role in creation. Moses declared, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90: 2). Jesus Christ, who is the powerful eternal Word of God spoke creation into being and the Holy Spirit who hovered over the surface of the deep, brought what was spoken from the spiritual realm to the physical realm. The Hebrew word for “Spirit” (ruah), is also translated as “wind” or “breath” and hence, the Psalmist declared, “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath (ruah) of his mouth.” (Psalm 33: 6).
It is by the Word of God, Jesus Christ, that all things hold together and that includes us. When the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are a realistic part of your everyday life, it will not matter what the world throws at you. Why? Because the Word (Jesus Christ), who has taken up residence on the inside of you, is the One who is the glue who holds you together and sustains you by the very Word of His mouth and the breath of the Holy Spirit.
“Thank you Jesus!”



Seed:
Psalm 20: 7 (AMP)

Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses; but we will trust in and boast of the name of our Lord our God.



As children of God, our battles are not with flesh and blood, but with powers of darkness and very real forces of evil (Ephesians 6: 12). We no longer need to plead with God for deliverance from our enemies as they did in the Old Covenant, because Christ defeated satan at, by, and through the cross, disarmed him and made a public spectacle of him 2000 years ago for us, (Colossians 2: 15). We simply need to arise and remind the enemy of his defeat and then stand on the Word of God which is our weapon of warfare for pulling down strongholds, (2 Corinthians 10: 4-5). It can never be through our own effort and strength that we overcome our battles, but only through trust, reliance and dependence on God and the deliverance that Christ purchased for us, therefore we cannot boast in ourselves, but only in the name of our Lord our God – the maker of the heavens and the earth.
I boast in you Jesus – the purchaser of my salvation!



Seed:
Acts 17: 28 (NIV)

For in him we live and move and have our being…………….



This verse, which spoke to my heart as a young Christian, has remained as one of my favourites. As I have grown in the beautiful Gospel of Grace, I have learnt that we do not strive to live for Jesus, but rather we learn to live out of Jesus. When Jesus becomes the centre of your heart, it becomes easier and effortless to live in Him and allow Him to move within and through you by the power of the Holy Spirit. He becomes your very life – your thinking, your dreaming, your living, your future, your family. Everything about you involves Him in your everyday life – your everyday life gets lived out of Him. This is what happens when you fall in love with Grace and Truth Himself. Apart from Him, there is nothing we can do, but in Him, we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us. We need you Jesus because You are our life.



Seed:
James 4: 8 (NIV)

Come near to God and He will come near to you………



If you acknowledge God today, He will become very real to you as He draws you closer to Him by the Holy Spirit. God desires you and has purposed to love and lead you all the days of your life, but it will depend on your believing in Him and all He has done for you through His Son at the cross. God never forces anyone as He has given man the free will to make his own choices and decisions. If you have never received Christ in your heart, I plead with you today to ask God to reveal truth to you. I know that Truth will come knocking very soon at the door of your heart – His name is Jesus and all you need to do is open the door and allow Him to become the One who will never leave you nor forsake you.
Amen!


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Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou has for me;
Place in my hands that wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free,
Silently now I wait for Thee;
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine.

– Clara H.Scott.



Seed:
John 3:16 (KJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


The Word of God should become your personal love letter from God. He wrote it to you and for you and it contains everything you will ever need pertaining to life and godliness. I would say that this verse is the most quoted scripture in the bible and we probably don’t pay attention to it like we should, but having said that, the fact still remains true – For God so loved you and desired a relationship with you, He gave His only begotten Son for you so that through Jesus Christ you could be reconciled to your Father. The Father’s greatest desire is for you to know Him, because in knowing Him is life.

For God so loved me, that he gave his only begotten Son for me.
Thank you Father!




Seed:
Romans 5: 8 (AMP)

But God shows and clearly proves His (own) love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.


This is a very powerful scripture. Paul, the apostle makes very clear in this verse that while you and I were still sinners, lost in the world and without Christ, God loved us. If God loved us while we were sinners, imagine how much more He loves us now as His blood bought children.

Thank you God that you have shown and proved your love for me by the fact that while I was still a sinner, Christ, Your Son died for me. How much more then I can experience Your love for me as Your beloved child.




Seed:
John 15: 9 (MSG)

I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love.


Jesus loves us in the exact same measure in which His Father loved Him. Using the word ‘measure’ really doesn’t suffice because when it comes to God’s love, it cannot be measured, it is never ending. That is huge! In fact, God loves us just as much as He loves His Beloved Son, Jesus. It is hard to take that in because one could say that Jesus was deserving of His Father’s love, but you and I aren’t. Thank goodness, His love for us is not based on who we are or what we have done, but it is based on Who He is and He is a God of Love! When we know our Father loves us and we are secure in His love, then we can rest and make ourselves at home in His love.

Thank you Father that you love me the way I am and that your love for me is unconditional.




Seed:
Ephesians 3: 17-19 (AMP)

May Christ through your faith (actually) dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints (God’s devoted people, the experience of that love) what is the breadth and length and height and depth (of it); (That you may really come) to know (practically, through experience for yourselves) the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge (without experience); that you may be filled (through all your being) unto all the fullness of God (may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself)!


God’s love is beyond anything we can ever imagine. There are no words in any given language on this earth that could perfectly describe God and His love. God’s love is beyond human comprehension (mere knowledge) and that is because God is Spirit and His love – supernatural! The breadth, length, height and depth of it goes beyond our three dimensional-ness and is only something that can be experienced truly with the heart. The more rooted you become in His love, the more you will experience the manifest presence of God and the more His love will flow forth from you to those who are in desperate need of a touch of God’s transforming love. It is wonderful to experience God’s manifest love, but whether you feel His love or not, is irrelevant because His love is not something you have to feel, but it is something you must believe. You must accept His love and receive it by faith until you know that you know in your heart that He loves you.

Father, by faith I receive your transforming love!




Seed:
Romans 5: 5 (AMP)

Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.


If you are a born again child of God, then God’s kind of love has taken up residence on the inside of you. The minute you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, God poured His kind of love into your heart by the Holy Spirit.  The more time you spend in fellowship with your heavenly Father through prayer and His Word, the more His love will be stirred up on the inside of you. Understanding His love for you becomes the key which unlocks His love in your heart and causes it to flow upwards and outwards. No matter what we are going through in life, it is the knowledge of His love for us that sustains us through our difficult times. It is His perfect love that dwells in our hearts which comforts us, strengthens us and creates a Godly confidence within us. It is the kind of confidence that causes you to look back on past testimonies and victories in your life and remember how God kept you through it, how He carried you through the storms of life and never left your side. It is that confidence in His love for you that lifts you from the ash heap with hope in your heart and when you add faith to what you are hoping for, then you can be expectant of a victory.

Thank God today for pouring His kind of love into your heart. Ask Holy Spirit to make the Father’s love real to you so that the process of unlocking His love upwards and outwards can begin in your life.




Seed:
2 Corinthians 13: 11 (KJV)

Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.


The world’s idea of peace is the absence of war, the absence of problems and difficulties, but for a child of God knowing how much your heavenly Father loves you, can instil within you a peace that surpasses all understanding. God’s idea of peace is His abiding presence that never leaves you nor forsakes you. There is something about the power of God’s love which nurtures within you a position of quiet rest and trust in Him. Knowing that there is nothing you can do to make God love you more and there is nothing you can ever do that will make Him love you less, will only cause you to become secure in the God of love and peace. His love for you is constant, our love for Him may go up and down, but never His love for us – His love for you remains the same yesterday, today and forever and the knowledge of that can bring upon you a peace that only His true agape love can bring. No matter what your circumstances may be at this present time in your life, don’t look at the circumstances, your peace is not based on your circumstances, but your peace comes from knowing your Father’ love, knowing all that He has done for you and knowing all that was accomplished for you through the finished works of Jesus at the cross. When your soul prospers in who you are and Whose you are, you will stand firm and steadfast securely in Him even during the storms of life. The Lord has promised to keep those in perfect peace whose minds are stayed on Him and those who trust Him (Isaiah 26:3).

Thank you Father that during every season of my life, good times and bad, You have promised to never leave me nor forsake me. Thank you for Your incredible love that carries me and instils within me a quiet rest and peace.




Seed:
Zephaniah 3: 17 (AMP)

The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Saviour (Who saves)! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest (in silent satisfaction) and in His love he will be silent and make no mention (of past sins, or even recall them), he will exult over you with singing.


This passage refers to Israel although it does show the Father’s character and heart. To think the God of this universe is our Father and He is unlike any father you could ever imagine. He loves you no matter who you are, where you have been or what you have done. If you are a parent and you dwell for a minute on how much you love your child, no matter where they have been or what they have done, you still love them. Well, your heavenly Father loves you infinitely way more than you could ever love your own child. Based on this verse, when your heavenly Father thinks about you He rejoices over you with joy, He gets His dancing shoes out and dances the heavenly hip hop, I believe He is crazy in love with you. No matter where you are in life or how deep you may have fallen into sin, the Father still loves you. Falling into sin is not pleasing to God, but it is the sin that does not please Him. We must separate the sin from the person and understand that falling into sin displeases the Father because He loves you so much and He knows how much that sin is going to hurt you as well as others. When you come to a place of repentance (change of mind), the minute you look up and say, ‘Father’, He is there faster than you can blink – the fatted calf, the robe, the ring and the sandals are waiting for you. The Father keeps no record of wrongs, He rests in silent satisfaction making no mention of your sins because Jesus paid for every one of them with His blood, your past, present and future sins. He exults over you with a love song because when He sees you, He sees His Son and that delights His heart. Now, that is GOOD NEWS!

Thank you Father that you are not counting my sins against me and that I am forgiven past, present and future.




Seed:
Jeremiah 31: 3b (AMP)

The LORD appeared from of old unto me (Israel), saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.


Theologically the word ‘eternal’ means having no beginning or end, whereas the word ‘everlasting’ means having a beginning, but no end. It is something that will never cease to exist and will last forever and ever. God’s love for you had a beginning – the moment He conceived you in His heart and mind, he purposed to love you and His love for you has no end, it will never cease to exist, His love for you will last forever and ever. If that doesn’t put a whole lot of warm sunshine into your heart, then I don’t know what will. This should make you want to get up and come to His gates with thanksgiving and enter into His courts with praise!

Thank you God for Your everlasting love that will never run dry.




Seed:
Psalm 139: 13-16 (NIV)

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.


I was not a planned child – in fact when my mother was pregnant with me she took an overdose of tablets and landed herself in hospital. I never knew whether she was trying to kill me, herself or both of us. As a young child I was told that I was a ‘mistake’ and should never have been born. As I lay in a crumpled heap on my bedroom floor, it was these words that rang loudly in my head the night before I got saved – the darkest time of my life. I would tell myself that if there was a God, I was probably a mistake to Him as well. No one would mind then if I just silently took myself out of this world. It was the first time I ever cried out to God and asked Him to make Himself known to me – I never knew then what I was asking. When you call on the name of the Lord you will be saved. Well, the very next day I became a born- again, blood- washed, spirit- filled child of God. I didn’t have a bible, neither had I even looked at one in my life. The wife of the missionary who led me to Jesus lent me her one. One morning I slipped my fingers between the pages and opened it, I glanced down at the page and my eyes fell on these verses. As I read the verses of this Psalm, The Lord spoke straight into my heart and said: Your parents may have not planned for you, but I did. I wept so hard from my belly. The relentless, furious love of my Father was all over me – He knew I needed to know that I was a planned child, a planned child of the most- high God. Before the foundations of this world, my Father conceived me in His heart and mind, then there came a day on His heavenly calendar when he knit me together so carefully in my mother’s womb. He looked upon my unformed body and with love He recorded every day ordained for me in His book.

Is this not a God of love, a God of such infinite detail who cares and loves so deeply that He takes the time to knit and to weave, to step back and look, to plan and work out every minutest detail of our lives and then records them into His book to give us a hope and a future? A God who is so clearly an artist, a sculptor, a planner, One Who takes so seriously every aspect of our being and lives. A God Who is so mindful of us!

The Father planned you and knows you so intimately for He created your inmost being. You are a treasure in the hands of your Father.




Seed:
Exodus 25: 21-22 (AMP)

You shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony (the Ten Commandments) that I will give you. There I will meet with you and, from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are upon the ark of the Testimony, I will speak intimately with you of all which I will give you in commandment to the Israelites.


One day I was reading this portion of scripture in Exodus. I will be quite honest, it is not always the easiest or most interesting portion of scripture to read for me, but all of a sudden in the midst of the lengthy verses of instructions pertaining to the erecting of the tabernacle in the desert, God tells Moses that He will meet with him from above the mercy seat, between the two cherubim upon the ark of the Testimony and then God tells him that He will speak intimately with him. I instantly hit joy mountain, God never ceases to wow me even in the midst of reading sections of the bible which can be quite trying sometimes. In the first half of Hebrews 4: 16, the author tells us to come fearlessly, confidently and boldly unto the throne of grace. I love that! It always stirs up in my mind a picture of a little girl with pig tails and bobby socks skipping into her father’s room and propping herself up onto His lap and waiting for His big daddy arms to embrace her and you know what, it is exactly how our Father wants us to come to Him – like little children. God set up a meeting place with Moses, He initiated the meeting place because He wanted a special place for them to meet. The tabernacle of the Old Testament was a shadow of the heavenly tabernacle. It was the place that only the Levites and High Priest could enter and minister to the Lord. God still has a special meeting place – His throne of grace which through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ became open to all who are willing to come to Him. He is waiting there for you to come boldly, confidently and without fear to his throne which flows continually with His goodness, mercy, love and grace. It is the place where you can become lost in His embrace and love. It is the place where you can pour out your affections and adoration upon Him.

Have you met with Papa God today? When last did you enter His throne of grace? Maybe it’s been a while since you last spoke with Him, but do not be afraid or ashamed – He loves you, He’s waiting with open arms for you.


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Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so.

– Anna Bartlett Warner.